Anza-Borrego Desert State Park has so much to offer as long as you look.  I wanted to post this picture to share it with the other Anza-Borrego explorers on the site.  However,  because is not just some photo posting site (not that there is anything wrong with having a flickr photostream), I felt an obligation to have some kind of story or anecdote accompanying the picture.

Along the S-2 (Carrizo Highway)


Just south of Sweeney Pass

Southern Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA

South End of Sweeney Pass

Unfortunately, I did not have one.  Plus, trying to come up with something good quickly, without use of cliches or trite-isms, was not as easy as I hoped.

I started by thinking about standing at this site, maybe with someone else or maybe alone.  My boot crushes some dry twigs or kicks up some dust as I swat away some flying bugs and watch something run across the road too fast to be identified, but slow enough to catch my eye.

As exotic as this starts sounding, it also starts sounding like a big boring cliche and the story goes as nowhere as the road.

So, after whining for one paragraph and using cliches in another, ironically, the photo now has some background.

See you on the trails as you leave behind clouds of dust and sand…

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Steve Reiss ( is a patent attorney and landscape photographer living in Orange County, California. He did all the historical research, photography, and text for his first self-published book, Travel Guide to Inland Monterey County, CA. He also revised his second self-published book, A Kid’s Guide to Some Critters of California (3d Ed) and has other child-focused books on animals. Steve is on flickr ( and also has his own Photo and Travel blog ( and blog about his experiences in China and Taiwan (

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